Haag Design is looking for an artist as a representative for Oman for a specific project. Here is the job description:
Searching for an Omani artist who is skilled in REALISTIC style painting. We are accepting any medium (acrylic, oil, pastel, etc.) as long as the result is realistic. The artist should also be skilled in portraiture. You would be required to paint just one picture as small as 9 inches wide by 12 inches tall.
This is a paid commission, and your work will be published in a book.
Please send samples or a link to your portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact you if we feel that it is a good fit. Thank you.
Any aspiring Omani artists out there? If so, submit your work (to the email listed above - NOT to me, please!) as soon as you can. It must be sent by September 15th at the latest. If you know of any talented Omani artists who would represent the Sultanate well, please let them know about this opportunity.
“Tonny Holsbergen, born in 1952, is a well known Dutch painter and portrait artist who has held many successful exhibitions both internationally and in Oman. She first visited Oman in 2001 overnighting in the desert. When talking of those times she says “I became obsessed with Oman and its people, particularly with the Bedouin, their hospitality and way of life. I listened to the sounds of the desert surrounding me, and I just wanted to start drawing immediately. She describes these times as the best of her life. About her return to the Netherlands she says “I couldn’t concentrate on anything that was not about Oman. All of my other commissions suffered. Painting portraits of businessmen, actors and poets just didn’t seem to flow. I was too inspired by the Bedu women with their golden birkhas and the beautiful dresses that they wear with such grace. Every scene moved me. I wanted to capture an essence of their lifestyle.” “The first time Tonny Holsbergen came to Oman she found herself in the desert of the Sharqiya accepting the hospitality of local bedouin. Without a language in common the Dutch artist and the Omani bedouin communicated with each other by way of Tonny’s art. She drew sketches of her hosts, to which they responded with immediate enthusiasm, insisting that she make more. From this encounter, and from Tonny’s deeply felt empathy and passion for the people of Oman and the land in which they live, there has flowed a rich stream of paintings and drawings, a small selection of which are shown here. This passion for people and for a way of life that is in danger of disappearing altogether, amid the pressures of modern life, is evident in every stroke of her brush. Of course it is the work of the artist to create – to make new things in the world – but it is also, here, to make a passionate appeal to preserve what we already have.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi) “She shows that the desert is anything but a place of emptiness. In her vision it is always a landscape full of colour and movement. It is perhaps the colour in the paintings that strikes the eye most immediately. Reds, in particular, seem to glow with an especial intensity: a tribute, perhaps, to the bright fabrics worn by the women of Oman’s desert interior. She also captures quite beautifully the changing conditions of light in the desert. A low evening sun picks out the delicate shade of luminous purple in a dish-dasha, which glows in the painting as though responding to an ultra-violet source.” “Linger with one of these works for a moment longer, and, as the colours continue to vibrate, the movement of the figures, communicated with a flurry of graceful and precise lines will captivate you and draw you into the instant of action itself. A hand raised in gesture, a leg twisting in dance, faces alive with character, with warmth, with vitality. Drawing is at the heart of her art and such is the refinement of her technique here, that the human figures in her work seem to leap with muscular energy from the two dimensions of the painting’s surface.” (Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi) “Muscat City” glass art (RO295) “Omani Mask with Hologram Eyes” (in various colors and designs) ( Glass Art (RO 375) “Waiting for the market, Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO295) “Bow at Command” oil on canvas 50X60cm (RO 500) “Coffee server, Mutrah” oil & glass on canvas 90X80cm (RO 1800) “Folkdance with Drums” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325) “Woman with Calf” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Carrying the Goat for Eid” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 39X29cm (RO 295) “Carrying Lucerne” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Two ladies Carrying Stone Bottles” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Coffee Server, Mutrah” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X27cm (RO 295) “Old Man Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250) “Woman Carrying Baby Goat” ink & watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 80X50cm (RO 1250) “Omani Mask” glass art (RO 275) “Little Shop in Bahla” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295) “Vegetable Market in Nizwa” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 27X37cm (RO 295) “Sitting in the Shade at Nizwa” pastel 50X65cm (RO 575) “Folklore Musicgroup” ink and watercolor on handmade Nepalese paper 37X54cm (RO 325) “A Walk through the Desert” water colour 35X45cm (RO 550) “Camels in the Desert” & “Before the Start” pastel on palette (RO 400 each) “Discussion about Fodder” pastel 40X48cm (RO 550) “Study of Camel” water colour 30X40cm (RO 295) “Passing a Door” pastel 70X90cm (RO 1500)
These are just some of the amazing pieces of artwork by Tonny Holsbergen available at Bait Muzna Gallery. You better hurry though as this display is only on for 3 more days (ends on January the 8th). If you are interested in any of the pieces, I’m sure that the ART director of the Gallery, Ellen Molliet, would be able to help you out. email@example.com www.baitmuznagallery.com (Tel: +96824739204) Fax:+96824739205
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“Nestled in the heart of Muscat old town, surrounded by steep mountains and 16th century Portuguese forts, the Bait Muzna Gallery, originally the home of a member of the Oman Royal Family, is a unique traditionally styled house renovated as an art gallery in January 2000 through the vision and dedication of American-born Sayyida Susan Al Said.” “Art is the soul of a culture and the Gallery recognizes that modern & contemporary art is an essential indicator of the state and progress of a society. As Oman continues to develop and open up to international business and tourism, Omani art and artists are set to benefit from this increased exposure. A main goal of Bait Muzna Gallery is to introduce Omani artists to the international Art scene and provide a unique accessible and welcoming venue to showcase these talents.” The friendly Filipina lady who works at the Gallery-Noora-is more than willing to assist with any questions you might have concerning the artwork. Tel: 968-24-739-204, Fax: 968-24-739-205, Mobile: 968-24-739-204 Gallery hours are Saturday to Thursday from 9:30am to 7pm. www.baitmuznagallery.com www.omanart.com This oil on canvas piece is titled ”Splendor” and was painted by the Lebanese-German painter of Armenian decent, Emmanuel Guiragossian. (8300 RO) Another piece by Emmanuel Guiragossian titled “The Champion” (/(RO 6950)
“Reflection from the Moon”, oil on canvas by Omani artist, Hassan Meer. (RO 2800) “Born in 1972, he grew up in Muscat, the capital of Oman. He received his Bachelor and Master degree in Art from Savannah College of Art and Design Georgia, USA in 2000. Meer exhibited extensively in Oman and internationally for the past 20 years. He obtained many awards including the Golden Palm from the second Exhibition of the Gulf States. Hassan Meer is also the curator of the Circle Show that is taking the lead in encouraging new forms of art in Oman and in the Gulf.” “Omani Door XXIX” by Omani artist, Abdel Majeed Karooh. (RO 400) “Born in 1975, Omani artist Karooh started painting since the age of 8. His inspiration comes from his childhood, filled with happy memories, as well as the unique heritage and folklore of the Sultanate of Oman. His successful contemporary “Omani Door” series are set in bright yet natural colors which are the memories of his family ancestral home. As for his “Oman Architectural” series, they were inspired by his father, one of the capital’s main constructors, who taught him all his knowhow. Karooh is a member of the Omani Society for Fine Art and the Youth Studio. He has won three distinctive awards and has exhibited in Oman, Egypt, Dubai and New Delhi.” “Old Civilization I” (RO 380) & “Old Civilization II” (RO 380) are “Mixed Media on Campus” created by the female Omani artist, Enaam Al Lawati. “Omani artist Enaam Al Lawati has a fascination for history and roots of people and she takes inspiration from the ancient Arabic civilizations to bring her work alive. Her artwork has ancient calligraphy as a predominant theme; the calligraphy of the old civilizations of the Arab world and those discovered in the caves of Salalah called ”Al-Mussnad calligraphy”. In her paintings, she uses clay to sculpt some of the stamps, depicting scenese from the lives of primitive people, which were related to those old civilizations.” This “giclee print”, painted by Alan Reed, is titled “Sur”. (RO 49) This photo is by Said Al Harthy and is titled “Salim”. (RO 150) “Said Amur Al Harthy is a free lance Omani photographer and a member of the OSFA Photographic Club since 1996. ‘Through photography I express what I see and feel, my Images frame the emotions and feelings that I come in contact with. I am greatly inspired by Rembrandt. I specialize in black and white photography and hand printing, documenting both landscape and people. I have participated in local and international exhibitions and competitions. I won my first award at an exhibition in Sweden.’”
If you LOVE art and happen to be in the Sultanate of Oman, you definitely have to make it to the Bait Muzna Gallery which is just across from the Bait Al Zubair Museum in Old Muscat. Even if you’re not that much into art, I highly recommend a visit anyway as the pieces are beautiful! Only 5 days left of the exhibit by Tonny Holsbergen on “Faces of Oman”…more on that tomorrow…
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